Legend of Zelda, The: A Link to the Past
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  • Finish off Mothula with bees and then rescue the maiden.

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  • Created by TheMysticalOne on: 03 May, 2023 01:35
    Last modified: 21 May, 2023 21:50

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    TheMysticalOne 23 May 2023 00:11
    Yes. The fatal blow must be by bee
    Beruga 23 May 2023 14:59
    7 hits with the fire rod, 1 'good bee' to finish off.
    TheMysticalOne 23 May 2023 15:03
    Keep in mind that your hits won't actually damage me he boss if it is over spikes, even though it'll look like it.
    Jazmataz 26 May 2023 04:49
    I did a Recording of this Fight. Maybe a Help:

    KojiroS 29 May 2023 04:05
    @Beruga is right. 7 succesful shots and a normal bee are enough. Good bee to make extra sure.
    Jenkys 9 Jun 2023 18:26
    sseb22 22 Jun 2023 11:55
    Are we really here to judge other people's way of playing?
    sseb22 22 Jun 2023 11:56
    Anyway, thank both of you for the videos.
    Kyluya 22 Jun 2023 13:15
    I think it doesn't matter how you approach it, in fact for an instructional video save states would be a preferred method as it allows the instructor a greater yield of attempts.
    RJAIN 25 Jun 2023 22:17
    I did 8 shots with fire rod and used a good bee and it didn’t kill it. Bring another bee for backup I guess.
    RJAIN 25 Jun 2023 22:27
    Ok I did 9 shots with fire rod and used a normal bee + good bee and it still didn’t kill it lol.
    TheMysticalOne 25 Jun 2023 22:28
    Mothula fight has a glitch where if mothula is over spikes, hits will deal zero damage.
    TheMysticalOne 25 Jun 2023 22:28
    Be prepared to re-catch your good bee after a few "hits".
    RJAIN 25 Jun 2023 22:31
    Oh ok that makes sense ty
    TheMysticalOne 30 Aug 2023 16:35
    I recommend re-catching the good bee after it strikes a few times when possible.
    OniGearEye 7 Dec 2023 19:54
    be prepared to recatch good bee with net as it could fly away
    ChinoKafuu 1 Jan 2024 16:51
    Wow a Conan reference ๐Ÿ˜‚
    AffablePeafowl 18 Jan 2024 09:19
    Knowing the nature of Mothula's damage glitch can help with the fight. Enemies ordinarily take damage when knocked into spikes, which would make Mothula too easy. The simplest solution for the devs was to assign her to take zero damage from spikes, rather than hardcode a unique invincibility on top of the game's damage class system.

    So, why's she immune to anything that hits her into spikes? Because if she recoils from a hit and takes a second source of damage within a small window (10 frames IIRC?) of the original hit, the second source of damage will overwrite the first. So if you hit Mothula into spikes, the spike damage will overwrite the sword/Fire Rod damage—and, as described, the spike damage for Mothula is zero.

    The goal, then, is to attack while Link is between Mothula and the spikes, so hits will knock her away from the spikes. This is easier when she's on the bottom part of the screen, because you have room to get under her. Even then, it's sometimes hard to tell when a Fire Rod hit is successful, so be cautious & hit her with only the seven shots.

    Don't risk killing her with the eighth. I entered the fight with 2x Blue Potions, a regular Bee and the Good Bee, just to be extra safe. If the regular bee doesn't kill her, use the Good Bee, and heal as needed. Fortunately, the Good Bee leaves you free to focus on dodging projectiles & spikes. Just remember to re-catch it after a couple of hits or so, as mentioned above!
    SteveBF18 15 Feb 2024 05:29
    Normally I don't read the comments, I like to get the Achievements on my own, but on this case I felt it was way too difficult and had to check if anybody had said anything, so glad I did, I was trying to beat it only with bees as previous boss achievements said to beat it only with a certain item.

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